I was asked at a recent workshop, how do I do deep work? This is probably the #1 difficulty with achievement. Focus is much more rigorous than we perceive. You become conditioned to do deep work. If you haven’t developed the most demanding of all disciplines, self-discipline, you will flounder and wonder why.
Authors trying to write are drawn away by mental prompts to check email, text a friend or get a bite to eat. CEOs are tempted mentally to check the lunchroom while attempting deep work. No one is exempt.
The good news is you can develop superior self-discipline while you increase your focus. Start small. Try focusing tightly for 3 to 5 minutes.
Increase you stamina as you master the 3–5 minute range. That’s right I said stamina. One becomes conditioned to sit and do deep work for up to an hour at a time.
I know people who sit and write for 4 hours and think nothing of it. They have the stamina for it, they are conditioned for the task. They weren’t born with this ability. They developed and cultivated the unique ability over time.
Start now and start small. Anyone can do it. It’s more a question do you want to do it? Are you motivated to start and commit to a goal of 20 minutes of highly focused, uninterrupted deep work?
Focus is not the absence of distraction; it’s the ability to override modern-day distractions in a focused way.
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